Fix error 0x80070780 once and for all in 6 easy steps

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  • Error 0x80070780 arises when you try to copy, delete, back up or edit certain files in Windows 10. The error message states: An unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file… Error 0x80070780: The file cannot be accessed by the system.
  • This error can arise due to restricted permissions for certain files in non-admin user accounts. So, some users might need to change their user accounts to admin alternatives. Follow the guidelines below to change a user account type.
  • Not all system errors are that scary. And anyway, you and find a solution for any of them in our System Errors category.
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error 0x80070780 Windows 10

Error 0x80070780 arises for some users when they try to copy, delete, back up, or edit certain files in Windows 10.

The error message states: An unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file… Error 0x80070780: The file cannot be accessed by the system.

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Consequently, users can’t access the required file. Here a few resolutions that might fix error 0x80070780.

How can I fix Windows 10 error code 0x80070780

  1. Convert User Account to an Admin Account
  2. Scan System Files
  3. Clean Boot Windows
  4. Run a Chkdsk Scan
  5. Check the Volume Shadow Copy Service is Enabled
  6. Select the Clean Up Option for System Restore and Shadow Copies

1. Convert User Account to an Admin Account

Error 0x80070780 can arise due to restricted permissions for certain files in non-admin user accounts. So, some users might need to change their user accounts to admin alternatives. Follow the guidelines below to change a user account type.

  1. Press the Windows key + I hotkey to open Settings.
  2. Click Accounts > Family and other people to open the options shown directly below.change account type error 0x80070780
  3. Select a user account, and press the Change account type button.change account type error 0x80070780
  4. Then select Administrator on the drop-down menu.
  5. Press the OK button.

2. Scan System Files

Error 0x80070780 can be due to corrupted system files. Therefore, the System File Checker utility, which repairs system files, might be a potential resolution. Users can run an SFC scan in Windows 10 as follows.

  1. Open Cortana with the Windows key + Q keyboard shortcut.
  2. Enter the keyword ‘cmd’ in Cortana, right-click Command Prompt, and select Run as administrator.
  3. Input DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth and press Enter before initiating an SFC scan.
  4. Thereafter, enter sfc /scannow in the Command Prompt; and press the Return key.error 0x80070780 sfc /scannow
  5. Restart the desktop or laptop if the scan does repair files.

3. Clean Boot Windows

It might be the case that third-party software is blocking access to files. That’s all the more likely when third-party antivirus software is installed. A clean boot will ensure that third-party software and services don’t start with Windows and block file access. Users can clean boot Windows 10 as follows.

  1. To open the System Configuration window, press the Windows key + R hotkey, enter msconfig in Run, and click OK.system configuration error 0x80070780
  2. Click the Selective startup radio button.
  3. Select the Load system services and Use original boot configuration options.
  4. Deselect the Load startup items option.
  5. Select the Services tab shown in the shot directly below.services error 0x80070780
  6. To exclude Microsoft services, select the Hide all Microsoft services option.
  7. Select the Disable all option.
  8. Press the Apply button.
  9. Click OK to close the window.
  10. A System Configuration dialog box will open. Select the Restart option on that window.restart error 0x80070780

4. Run a Chkdsk Scan

Error 0x80070780 can also be a disk error. So, the Chkdsk utility, which fixes bad disk sectors, might also resolve the issue. This is how users can run a Chkdsk scan.

  1. Press the Windows key + E keyboard hotkey to open File Explorer.
  2. Then right-click the hard drive icon and select Properties to open the window directly below.hard drive properties error 0x80070780
  3. Select the Tools tab.hard drive properties tools tab error 0x80070780
  4. Press the Check button.
  5. A dialog box window will then request to scan the disk if Windows detects anything. Users can still click Scan drive even if the dialog box says that a Chkdsk scan isn’t required.
  6. Restart Windows if the Chkdsk scan does detect something.

5. Check the Volume Shadow Copy Service is Enabled

The Volume Shadow Copy service enables users to take backup file copies manually and automatically. So, it might be worth checking if that service is enabled when error 0x80070780 arises. Users can enable Volume Shadow Copy as follows.

  1. Launch the Run accessory.
  2. Input services.msc in Run’s Open box, and select the OK option.
  3. Double-click Volume Shadow Copy to open the window shown below.volume shadow copy properties error 0x80070780
  4. Press the Start button if the service isn’t running.
  5. Select the Automatic option on the Startup type drop-down menu.
  6. Click the Apply button.
  7. Select the OK option.

6. Select the Clean Up Option for System Restore and Shadow Copies

Some users have also said that they’ve fixed error 0x80070780 by erasing restore points and shadow copies with the Disk Cleanup utility. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. Enter Disk Clean-up in Cortana’s search box.
  2. Select Disk Clean-up to open the window below.select drive disk cleanup error 0x80070780
  3. Select the C: drive and click OK.
  4. Then press the Clean up system files button on the Disk clean-up window.
  5. Select to clean the C: drive again.
  6. Select the More Options tab shown directly below.disk cleanup more options error 0x80070780
  7. Press the System Restore and Shadow Copies Clean up button.
  8. Click Delete to confirm.

Those resolutions might fix error 0x80070780 so that users can access their files again. Any users who have fixed error 0x80070780 with alternative resolutions are welcome to share their fixes below.

FAQ: Read more about error 0x80070780

  • What is error 0x80070780?

Error 0x80070780 occurs when you try to copy, delete, back up or edit files in Windows 10. The error message states: An unexpected error is keeping you from copying the file… Error 0x80070780: The file cannot be accessed by the system.

  • How do you fix the file Cannot be accessed by the system?

As this error is usually caused by corrupt system files, you should run a SFC scan to fix this. If you don’t know how to do that, read our full guide on how to use the SFC scan.

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  • What is SFC Scannow?
The sfc /scannow  is a command line for the System File Checker tool that scans all protected system files and replaces corrupted files with a cached copy.

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in March 2019 and has been since revamped and updated in May 2020 for freshness, accuracy, and comprehensiveness.

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